Traveller Education Service

Who are we?

The Traveller Service has been working with this vulnerable community for over twenty years in Redcar and Cleveland.

Our Service makes regular visits to the Haven Traveller Site and to known key members of the community who are housed. We also teach at Unofficial Encampments, Circus and Fairs.
Many of the Traveller families are highly mobile within rented accommodation and this makes them a very hard to reach group for other agencies. Our close non-threatening relationship with key matriarchs in the community allows us unequalled access to local knowledge. Our understanding and respect for the Gypsy/Roma/Traveller culture, gained over the years, enables us to open the doors that remain closed to other services because of distrust and fear of prejudice.

The Traveller Education Team carries out its duties by :

  • Providing training to staff, promoting an inclusive and diversity aware curriculum, and sharing good practice.
  • Advising on teaching strategies and materials to aid inclusion.
  • Providing home/school liaison.
  • Assisting with the production and monitoring of Distance Learning Packs.
  • Supporting schools with self-evaluation and preparation for OFSTED.
  • Where appropriate, helping with the pupils induction into school and classroom support.
  • Providing cultural resources on loan to enhance the curriculum.
Teaching Support

One specially trained teacher, and Educational Welfare Officer and two trained Teaching Assistants on the staff have targeted specific pupils for additional support and closely monitored other Gypsy/Roma/Traveller pupils to ensure that they continue to access education and achieve their full potential. The team work across a number of Primary and Secondary schools in Redcar and Cleveland, and also build close links with Parents/Carers in order to support positive home/school liaison.

Results for the pupils supported academic year 2015/16 can be seen in the tables below:

Targeted Children Primary 2015-2016

Reading Writing
Made more than expected progress 75% 50%
Made expected progress 25% 50%
Made less than expected progress 0% 0%

Monitored Children Primary 2015-2016

Reading Writing
Made more than expected progress 33% 33%
Made expected progress 66% 66%
Made less than expected progress 0% 0%

Nationally, Gypsy/Roma/Traveller pupils are the lowest attaining group. The results above demonstrate that with the support of the team, in close partnership with schools and parents/carers, Gypsy/Roma/Traveller pupils are making expected, or better than expected progress.

Who can access our Service?

Anyone involved in education or working with the Gypsy/Roma/Traveller communities. Schools do not need to have a Gypsy/Roma/Traveller child on roll to access our diversity and awareness work.

All Gypsy/Roma/Traveller children, whether they live a mobile lifestyle or not can access our service. Gypsy, Roma and Irish Travellers are defined as ethnic groups under the law and as such remain Traveller regardless of where or how they live.

Our service can be contacted on (01642) 201880 for advice and guidance.

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